Learn­ing to crawl

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Thomas Sow­ell’s Com­men­tary piece in the April 21 edi­tion ti­tled “The Repub­li­cans and race” (page 33) should be re­quired read­ing for the Repub­li­can Na­tional Com­mit­tee. Mr. Sow­ell once opined “the only rea­son to vote Repub­li­can is the Democrats.” This quote seems es­pe­cially ap­pro­pri­ate for the cur­rent pres­i­den­tial race.

Repub­li­cans pro­vide pos­i­tive progress for African-Amer­i­cans be­cause they treat them as equals in­stead of as the dis­en­fran­chised. I was in the mil­i­tary dur­ing the Korean War when African-Amer­i­cans were first in­te­grated with other races and I learned from them what they val­ued most. More than spe­cial priv­i­leges and hand­outs, they val­ued, and in­sisted on, re­spect. They de­serve sim­ple re­spect from one hu­man be­ing to an­other.

When we con­trast Colin Pow­ell and Con­doleezza Rice with Jesse Jack­son and Al Sharp­ton, the dif­fer­ence is clear. Still, the Repub­li­can party, and most re­cently John McCain, per­sist in pa­tron­iz­ing ap­proaches to those deeply vested in racial con­fronta­tion.

The Repub­li­can Party need not apol­o­gize un­less it has lost its con­vic­tion about self-re­spect and self-reliance, pre­fer­ring now spend­ing pro­grams that trap peo­ple in hous­ing projects and de­pen­dence on the state. Repub­li­cans will never pa­tron­ize bet­ter than Democrats. They have had more prac­tice at it. Wayne G. Sk­aggs Wim­ber­ley, Texas

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